With the comedy festival fast approaching we caught up with our regular MICF correspondant, Danny McGinlay, to get his picks of the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
As Danny is a remarkably humble man he overlooked mentioning his own show, Danny McGinlay Learns Ukrainian, which opens on the 10th of April at The Upstairs Lounge @ Hairy Little Sista.
Danny McGinlay Learns Ukrainian
How far would you go for a chick in Kiev?
As seen on Rove, The Project, The Footy Show and The Circle, local favourite Danny McGinlay delivers his most ambitious show yet.
The Ron Way — Ronny Chieng
Danny Says: The hottest young thing in Australian comedy is definitely Ronny Chieng. He’s been doing comedy for less than two years but is already on par with a lot of professionals. His work ethic is amazing and his gags are top notch. His debut solo show is called The Ron Way. Get onboard.
Gordon Southern – A Brief History of History
Danny Says: The other end of the scale, the UK’s Gordon Southern is a true veteran and it shows. Exceptionally smooth and his crowd banter is a joy. He’s in a smallish venue this year so he will sell out, book early!
Jimmy James Eaton – One Small Sketch For Man
Danny Says: If you want something different to traditional stand up, check out Jimmy James Eaton’s one man sketch show. He’s a giant hilarious baby with high octane improv skills. He recently told me this show is so exhausting he may die, so best see him early on just in case.
WATSON – Shakespeare Fight Club
Danny Says: The greatest show in last year’s festival was a late night double act named ‘Watson’. Remember on school camps when some students would put on a play and it was nonsensical, imagine that but make it really really funny. That’s what these guys do, and they do it well. This year’s show is called ‘Shakespeare Fight Club’. Say no more, just buy tickets.
Geraldine Hickey – Turns Out I Do Like Sun Dried Tomatoes
Danny Says: Geraldine Hickey recently came out of the closet and is doing a show about it, brilliantly named “Turns out I do like sun-dried tomatoes”. Gezza is a local gem who can be hilarious about the most poignant of subjects, as well as a damn fine dick joke. This should be fun.
Follow on Twitter: @geraldinehickey
More Show Info: Geraldine Hickey – Turns Out I Do Like Sun Dried Tomatoes
Dom Romeo – Stand-Up Sit-Down: Comics in Conversation
Danny Says:Finally if you are interested in the more technical/theoretical side of comedy, Dom Romeo is hosting a late night chat show with comedians to talk about their work. Like ‘Inside the Actor’s studio’ but with comedians, come see why we’re all messed up.
Follow on Twitter: @comedy_nerd
More Show Info: Dom Romeo – Stand-Up Sit-Down: Comics in Conversation